Principal's Message

Principal - Mr. Kevin Amburgey


At Cerritos Elementary School we are proud of the dedicated effort of our students, parents, and staff that have worked together to earn the title of 2014 California Distinguished School.


At Cerritos Elementary we believe citizens of the future be life-long learners able to work and interact in a diverse society. Our goals for students are to master grade level content standards, use critical thinking and problem solving strategies, develop communication skills, and demonstrate positive and democratic social interactions.


By providing a rigorous academic and caring environment, we strive to help students realize their full academic potential, develop positive self-concepts, and gain enthusiasm for learning.  We encourage all students to develop responsibility for their own behavior and a concern for others. Our goals are aligned with the goals of the ABC Unified School (ABCUSD). We invite our community to help plan and participate in implementing programs to prepare students for a healthy and successful future.


Cerritos Elementary School (CES) is home to approximately 700 diverse students in kindergarten through sixth grade and serves the easternmost neighborhoods of the ABC Unified District (ABCUSD). Our school community holds high expectations for the quality of education we provide our students, for student academic achievement and behavior, and for parents in support of all students and the school. As a consequence, our student body is comprised of highly motivated and very capable students who consistently strive to meet and exceed the expectations of their parents and teachers.


At CES we are dedicated to our common belief that all children will learn to master the California Common Core Standard at every grade level.  Our Gifted and Talented Education program (GATE) students are "clustered" in classrooms and are provided a challenging, differentiated curriculum appropriate to their needs.  We are very proud of our first ever Math Olympiad team winning first place, our highly acclaimed school band, and our incredibly talented performing arts students demonstrating their talents in the annual school play.  In addition to high quality standards-based instruction, CES provides academic support for at-risk students and language support for English Language Learner (ELL). Ready Study Go!, an after-school homework assistance and tutorial program is offered five days a week.


With the generous support of our families, community and the school district, we are able to provide Extended Day Care, Computer Club, valet drop-off, band, and student supervision before the school day begins.  During the school day many volunteers help out in classrooms, teacher workrooms, and in the office. Parent volunteers teach the Junior Achievement program in grades K-6. The Parent and Teacher Association (PTA) supports school-wide enrichment activities including paying for bus transportation for field trips, financial support to teachers for instructional materials, and making very significant gifts to the school including a new digital marquee!  Further support is provided by our Cerritos Elementary Educational Foundation (CEEF) such as supporting the computer technology instructional program and purchasing laptop computers for all the teachers. The choral music program, Meet the Masters Art appreciation, and Science on the Go are also supported by the CEEF. The Foundation also hosts our annual pancake breakfast in October and our spring carnival.


Cerritos Elementary is a PeaceBuilder school dedicated to providing a quality, well-rounded education for every student.


A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

A California Distinguished School - 2000, 2008, 2014, 2018

A California Gold Ribbon Award Recipient 2016